Officially launched in 2004, the Africana Studies Program (AFST) at Texas A&M University was developed by Albert S. Broussard, Kimberly N. Brown, Finnie D. Coleman, Larry J. Oliver, and Larry W. Yarak, under the direction of the late Woodrow Jones, Jr. (Dean of Liberal Arts 1994-2001).
The current Director of the Program is Dr. Violet M. Showers Johnson, Professor of History (2012-present). Her tenure was preceded by those of
- Larry J. Oliver, Professor of English (Acting Director, 2011-2012)
- Kimberly N. Brown, Associate Professor of English (Director, 2007-2011)
- Dr. Patrick K. Muana, Assistant Professor of English (Director, 2004-2007)